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fordtrucks80up-digest Tuesday, November 4 1997 Volume 01 : Number 204



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In this issue:

Fan clutch, etc. Thanks! [David Hertzberg ]
Sparkplugs (Platinum Splitfires) ["Scott C. Pollins" ]
Headers ["jlohse" ]
Re: Sparkplugs (Platinum Splitfires) [Don Vanco ]
82 F100 suspension [Randy Dees ]
RE: A few more questions [greg.medert gsa.gov]
Re: f250 diesel occassional cranking problems.... [Will Wood
Re: Sparkplugs (Platinum Splitfires) ["Froggy" ]
Factory Fog Lights on Ranger [CASSIS universal.usa.com (Cassis, John)]
Re: Factory Fog Lights on Ranger [Don Vanco ]
Re: Please help decode VIN #PhilDyson aol.com [William Martin (Temp)
4.9L Performance [Sean Winters ]
Re: fordtrucks80up-digest V1 #203 [Iguannna aol.com]
carburator [Christopher Smith ]
Re: Front add-a-leafs ["Dave Resch"]
Re: fordtrucks80up-digest V1 #203 [Thom Cheney ]
Re: 4WD Lubrication ["Dave Resch"]
Re: A few more general questions... ["WK" ]
Re: Ranger 5 speed-Mitsubishi?-NO [KNBD87D prodigy.com (MR JOSH J TENNEY)]
[CASSIS universal.usa.com (Cassis, John)]
Re: carburator [PhilDyson aol.com]
Fuel Pressure relief in 88 2.3l Ranger [SAM JEW ]
Re: Fuel Pressure relief in 88 2.3l Ranger [Don Vanco ]
more ranger power ["Len & Donna" ]
Re: Sparkplugs (Platinum Splitfires) [Gardner ]
Air Flow In Truck Beds ["Judy Thill (MG MSMAIL)" ]
Re: Ranger 5 speed-Mitsubishi?-NO [Nathan Heid ]
Re: fordtrucks80up-digest V1 #203 ["Bryce T. Beyler" ]
Re: Factory Fog Lights on Ranger ["Bryce T. Beyler" ]
Re: Factory Fog Lights on '97 Ranger ["Bryce T. Beyler" ]

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Date: Tue, 4 Nov 97 06:33:36 PST
From: David Hertzberg
Subject: Fan clutch, etc. Thanks!

Thanks to everyone on thge list who advised me regarding the oil pressure switch and
fan clutch on my truck. Ive replaced both and things are working fine...

EXCEPT if you count the fact that the service manager at a local shop who insisted
that HE drive my truck into the bay to get the battery checked recently did not see a
tool cart as he was driving my truck into his shop and put a big ass dent in the right
rear panel. Cost to the shop: 1600 dollars (estimate) to replace the panel, plus a
rental car for me for about 10 days while the repair is being done. I've driven in
there a hundred times with no problem--the space is very tight--but he wanted to show
me that he knew how to start a diesel. oh well..... at least one side of the back of
the truck will look like new! Should I ask for a 4 wheel alignment??

David and Leila Hertzberg
Greystoke Farm
Gaithersburg, Maryland
301-482-0016
ACdhertz us-state.osis.gov


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Date: Tue, 04 Nov 1997 09:16:08 -0500
From: "Scott C. Pollins"
Subject: Sparkplugs (Platinum Splitfires)

Hi,
I have a 91 Ranger with a 4.0. I would like to replace the existing plugs.
Does anyone have experience with the platinum Splitfires. Are they worth
the extra cost? Does anybody have any recommendations for a good quality
sparkplug?

Thanks
Scott

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Date: Tue, 4 Nov 1997 06:13:59 -0800
From: "jlohse"
Subject: Headers

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That is a good price. However, I have ordered several items thru J.C. =
Whitney and the problem has been if all the parts are not in the first =
shipment (two out of my three orders were received not complete) they =
then will place a order thru the factory. I am still waiting now over 2 =
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Date: Tue, 04 Nov 1997 09:29:55 -0500
From: Don Vanco
Subject: Re: Sparkplugs (Platinum Splitfires)

At 09:16 AM 11/4/97 -0500, Scott C. Pollins wrote:
>Hi,
>I have a 91 Ranger with a 4.0. I would like to replace the existing plugs.
>Does anyone have experience with the platinum Splitfires. Are they worth
>the extra cost?
Can't say much for naturally aspirated applications but in my SVO they
cured a top end mis-fire problem I had when running 18psi....

>Does anybody have any recommendations for a good quality
>sparkplug?
FoMoCo makes a good platinum plug. I'm not sure - but this motor is DIS -
right? If so - be aware that one set of plugs fires from tip to electrode
& the other fires electrode to tip. Has something to do with the way the
DIS coils charge & discharge. My Cobra called for 2 different plugs - one
w/platinum on the tip, one with platinum on the electrode. The easy fix
was to get an "all platinum" plug...

YMMV
Don

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Date: Tue, 4 Nov 1997 10:43:37 -0500
From: Randy Dees
Subject: 82 F100 suspension

I just bought an 82 F100 to do some work to. One of the first things I
will have to work on is the suspension - it has a broken leaf on the
drivers rear. If I have to work on it to start with, I'd just as soon beef
it up - I have a bad habit of overloading the box, towing overloaded
trailers, etc., and I would like to get some more cargo capacity so that I
can overload it even heavier ;>

Can anyone give me some wisdom before I start this? I haven't tried to
modify suspensions at all before - I have replaced parts, but never tried
to modify the factory configurations.

Thanks
- --
Randy Dees | SCA: Talorgen nei Wrguist
ASI Systems Administration | a bard, formerly known as Myrddyn

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Date: 04 Nov 97 09:36:00 (-0500)
From: greg.medert gsa.gov
Subject: RE: A few more questions

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From: Don Vanco
> To: fordtrucks80up ListService.net
> Subject: A few more general questions... > Date: Monday, November
03, 1997 7:12 AM >
> I've got a few more general questions. These are pointed mostly
towards > the 98 Rangers - but I'm sure they apply to older models as
well....
>
> 1) Are the 5 speeds in the 4.0 V-6 models the Borg-Warner T-5 of
> Mustang/Camaro fame? i.e. - can you attach a decent aftermarket
shifter &
> lose the "18 wheeler" stick?
>
> 2)Are the 4.0 V-6's based on the the 3.8 liter from the
T-Bird/Mustang? > i.e. - will it be possible to bolt on an SVO/Eaton
supercharger?
> - if "yes" - are there decent aftermarket sources for intakes,
cames, > valves, etc?
>
> 3)In a vehicle equipped with 3.55's does 5th gear on the
aforementioned 5 > speed tranny seem more like a really neat idea that
a useable gear? With > 3.73's? My Mustang w/3.27's had no use for
5th whereas my SVO with 3.73's
> loves it....
>
> 4) Has anyone ditched the factory seats in favor of some true sport
> buckets? Anyone added the center console "after the fact"? Just
wondering
> if the cost justifies the result - the stock seats don't look too
bad, but
> a decent set of buckets really changes the interior (see the "Boss
Ranger"
> at Summit Racing...)
>
> I've narrowed my next purchase to 2 vehicles, I'd like to decide
this week...

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Don, or is it Dong? Just kidding.

1)The tranny is not the T-5 but rather a Mazda unit. The easiest way
to tell is that the Mazda tranny is a one piece unit and the T-5 is a
two piece unit ( separate bell housing). Don't know of any aftermarket
shifters.

2)As far as I know, they are not the same base. I believe the 3.8 is a
90 deg. block and the 4.0 is a 60 deg. block. There are several places
to get cams etc. 4.0 Liter Performance in Calif., 805-925-8848 and
Vanir Technologies 303-761-3558 or
www.members.aol.com/vanirv6/vanir.htm

3)The Mazda has a 0.86 5th gear and the T-5 has either a 0.68 or 0.63.

4)I have the factory bucket seats with the center armrest console. The
seats have power lumbar and bolster as well as manual thigh support.
Mine is a 91 and the seats sit and feel great and are plenty
supportive for cornering etc. If interested I could send some pics
direct. When I ordered my truck it was about $375 adder.

Hope this helps.Greg
greg.medert gsa.gov
Atlanta, Ga

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Date: Tue, 04 Nov 1997 08:15:51 -0700
From: Will Wood
Subject: Re: f250 diesel occassional cranking problems....

> After the wait to start light goes out on my 1987 f250, I can crank the
> engine and it starts but, after the amps start to come up sometimes the
> engine sputters then dies. Restarting takes at least 7-10 minutes.


>I had an '89 that did the same thing. It turns out that the injector
>pump was loosing prime. (Air in the lines. I think this is what
>they mean by unauthorized. air add.) In my case, my driveway is on a hill
>and if the front of the truck was facing down hill, it ALWAYS
>started. If I faced up hill, gravity took its toll and it did what
>you are saying.

These sound very familiar indeed. My 87 had similar issues a long time ago,
it was the water fuel seperator. At the time I had Ford replace it for
what I thought was an under warranty condition, instead the dealer soaked me
for $300.00 to change it out. I suggest that you get a piece of 1/4" copper
tubing about three inches long and disconnect both lines from the
Standyne unit and connect the copper line between them. I think this will
at least point you in the right direction. Another thing that could
be happening is that your low pressure pump, i.e., the traditional fuel
pump is giving up the ghost. Anyway, try bypassing the seperator for
awhile, if you start and run normally, your air introduction is coming from
there. BTW, don't replace the unit with another Standyne. They're junk. Go
to your local FLAPS and get a unit with a disposable filter, they cost about
$80.00 but are well worth it.


Will Wood
wkwood burgoyne.com
wwood parkcity.com

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Date: Tue, 4 Nov 1997 10:19:26 -0500
From: "Froggy"
Subject: Re: Sparkplugs (Platinum Splitfires)

Scott, I have a 92 4x4 k/c with the 4.0 and changed from Bosch Platinums to
Splitfires. I was very dissapointed and went back to the Bosch. I
personally think it 's the best plug made (at least in my Ranger)...froggy

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> From: Scott C. Pollins
> To: fordtrucks80up ListService.net
> Subject: Sparkplugs (Platinum Splitfires)
> Date: Tuesday, November 04, 1997 9:16 AM
>
> Hi,
> I have a 91 Ranger with a 4.0. I would like to replace the existing
plugs.
> Does anyone have experience with the platinum Splitfires. Are they worth
> the extra cost? Does anybody have any recommendations for a good quality
> sparkplug?
>
> Thanks
> Scott
>
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Date: Tue, 04 Nov 97 07:48
From: CASSIS universal.usa.com (Cassis, John)
Subject: Factory Fog Lights on Ranger

Hey guys there is a place in Houston called Pro-Am on Richmond street.
They sell the exact same light that the dealer sells for $150 for $80. I
had some guy in a piece of sh**t che****y truck back into one of mine in
a parking lot a couple of months ago. Anyway bottom line is look around
Ford is not the only people who sell that light. It is not a "Ford"
light. I cant remember what brand it is. But its just an odd-ball size so
not every one carries it.

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Date: Tue, 04 Nov 1997 10:53:06 -0500
From: Don Vanco
Subject: Re: Factory Fog Lights on Ranger

At 07:48 AM 11/4/97, Cassis, John wrote:
>had some guy in a piece of sh**t che****y truck back into one of mine in
>a parking lot a couple of months ago.

Not to be picky here, but I believe that
sh**t
and
che****y truck
is redundant....

I also think that sh**t is only spelled with one *
;)
Don

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Date: Tue, 4 Nov 1997 08:01:24 -0800 (PST)
From: William Martin (Temp)
Subject: Re: Please help decode VIN #PhilDyson aol.com

Phil,
Thank you for the VIN info. Just what I was looking for.

regards,
Bill Martin

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Date: Tue, 4 Nov 1997 10:10:12 -0600
From: Sean Winters
Subject: 4.9L Performance

Does anyone have the phone number or web address for Clifford's? I have
heard of this place and they supposedly specialize in straight six
performance parts and such.

anyone...anyone...

Thanks!

Sean Winters
swinters pritchettnet.com

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Date: Tue, 4 Nov 1997 11:32:08 -0500 (EST)
From: Iguannna aol.com
Subject: Re: fordtrucks80up-digest V1 #203

The 5 speed tranny in the 4.0 is a Mitsubishi, and the 4.0 is based on the
2.8 not the 3.8 Essex motor which was based on the 5.0. Thank you, please
play again.

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Date: Tue, 4 Nov 1997 11:44:20 -0500 (EST)
From: Christopher Smith
Subject: carburator

I drive an '85 F250 4X4 w/ 351 and 4bbl. on cold mornings it starts
strong but as it is warming up the engine seems to flood itself out and
it dies. Is this the choke pull off not functioning properly? If not
what could cause it?

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Date: Tue, 4 Nov 1997 09:51:11 -0700
From: "Dave Resch"
Subject: Re: Front add-a-leafs

>From: dean etgn14.webo.dg.com (Baruffi)
>Subject: Front add-a-leafs
>
>I own a 1997 F250 HD 4x4 460 5sp. and I want the get the front end
>level with the back. The front sita about 2" to 3" lower than the rear.
> Has anyone done this with a set of add-a-leafs? is this the
>easiest way the make the front level with the back?
Yo Dean:
You can't do it w/ add-a-leaf alone, because you would never be able to
compensate for that much lift and get the camber set correctly. From what
I've seen, camber bushings can only compensate for about 1.0 to 1.5 inches
height variation.

Both TrailMaster and Tuff Country manufacture kits to lift the front of an
F250 (or TTB F350) with the drop brackets necessary to re-position the TTB
pivots so the front suspension maintains the correct geometry. They claim
2.0 to 2.5 inch net lift on the front. (You can find ads for these
companies in any recent issue of "Peterson's 4 Wheel & Off Road" and "Four
Wheeler" magazines.)

If you want to go a more custom route, you can buy just the drop brackets
from Tuff Country and then have custom leaf springs fabricated by a spring
shop. There are shops that will build you a 3-leaf front setup, which I
think is ideal with your big block, and especially if you plan to mount a
winch, snowplow, or a serious custom front bumper.

Good Luck.

Dave R. (M-block devotee)
1980 F250 4x4 351M

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Date: Tue, 04 Nov 1997 08:56:30 -0500
From: Thom Cheney
Subject: Re: fordtrucks80up-digest V1 #203

Iguannna aol.com wrote:
>
> The 5 speed tranny in the 4.0 is a Mitsubishi, and the 4.0 is based on the
> 2.8 not the 3.8 Essex motor which was based on the 5.0. Thank you, please
> play again.


No...please tell me my Ranger does NOT have a Mitsubishi 5 spd!!!!!!!

- --
Thom Cheney
Early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese

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Date: Tue, 4 Nov 1997 10:13:34 -0700
From: "Dave Resch"
Subject: Re: 4WD Lubrication

>From: PhilDyson aol.com
>Subject: Re: 4WD Lubrication
>
>I don't know what you might be lubricating, certainly not the
>transfer case or drive shaft. I will say that drive train wind-up is
>very hard on u-joints. Never lock hubs and transfer case on hard
>dry pavement. You can lock the hubs, but leave her in 2HI. I don't
>see a reason to do this. You should however repack the grease

I have also heard of this "theory" of lubricating 4x4 systems by
periodically engaging 4wd mode, but never from a reliable source that could
explain any logic for doing it.

The transfer case uses a chain to transfer power from the main shaft
(output from the transmission) to the front drive shaft. This chain moves
constantly while the truck is in motion, while the gears that send output
to the front drive shaft are disengaged when 2-Hi (2wd mode) is selected.
The chain moves through the lubricant and splashes it all around inside the
transfer case every time you drive the truck. No need to engage 4wd to
lubricate there.

The only possible place that could be lubricated by switching into 4wd mode
would be the front differential. Actually, this could be done by locking
the front hubs (if you have manuals) and not engaging the transfer case.
W/ the hubs locked, the wheels would spin the axle shafts when the truck
was driven, thus spinning the ring and pinion and differential gears
around. I'm not sure I can imagine any value to this, however, since the
differential lives in a (more or less) sealed environment w/ a few pints of
gear oil and if you even used the 4wd mode just once a year, the
differential parts should remain adequately lubricated to prevent
corrosion. Since they don't move except when 4wd is engaged (or the hubs
are locked), there's no friction going on that would require lubrication.

Anybody got any more specific theories as to why a 4x4 system would need to
be engaged periodically to lubricate it?

BTW: It's best not to engage 4wd even if you're going straight (no turning)
on a paved surface. In many vehicles, the gear ratios in the front and
rear differentials are slightly different (i.e., 3.53:1 in the rear and
3.50:1 in the front), so you can get into a gear binding situation even
going straight. If the tires can't slip, just don't do it.

Dave R. (M-block devotee)
1980 F250 4x4 351M

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Date: Tue, 4 Nov 1997 11:55:52 -0600
From: "WK"
Subject: Re: A few more general questions...

> Date: Mon, 3 Nov 1997 19:43:14 -0800
> From: "Ulysses Samilo"
> Subject: Re: A few more general questions...
>

> I got the 60/40 split bench and its pretty comfortable so I wouldn't
>want to swap it out just yet.

If you do decide to replace your stock seats, there are some great
deals to be had. I went to a salvage yard that had a $25 all you could
carry sale and scored some leather Mazda Miata buckets in perfect
condition. They fit the stock Ranger rails faily good, and have the
speakers built into the headrest. So look of the deals !

[]-/\-[] Warren Kurtz
{ } Ford Ranger Fans On-Line
[]\_/[] http://www.ford-trucks.com//lc/lc.php?action=do&link=http://www.sky.net/~wkurtz

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Date: Tue, 4 Nov 1997 13:15:34, -0500
From: KNBD87D prodigy.com (MR JOSH J TENNEY)
Subject: Re: Ranger 5 speed-Mitsubishi?-NO

Ranger's manual trannys are made by Mazda, not Mitsubishi. If
Ranger's 5 speed trannys were made by Mitsubishi, I would not have
one right now!
Josh
'98 Ranger 4x2 4.0L 5 speed manual

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Date: Tue, 04 Nov 97 10:59
From: CASSIS universal.usa.com (Cassis, John)
Subject:

Sory I was just trying to get make shure you could tell how much I hate
those pieces of ch*# sh%*. And to add insult to it all one of he sory
sob's that owned one did'nt know he should look behind him while backing
the piece of #*it up, and fu**ing broke my fog light and cracked my
spoiler. Then to top it off the fu%*er never paid me for it. I tried to
be nice and let the guy just pay me on the side for the parts. But thats
what you get for being nice. Anyway I will pay much closer attension to
how many *%#$!!!! I insert into words as not to offend you!

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Date: Tue, 4 Nov 1997 14:00:16 -0500 (EST)
From: PhilDyson aol.com
Subject: Re: carburator

In a message dated 97-11-04 11:46:04 EST, you write:


I drive an '85 F250 4X4 w/ 351 and 4bbl. on cold mornings it starts
strong but as it is warming up the engine seems to flood itself out and
it dies. Is this the choke pull off not functioning properly? If not
what could cause it? >>

If you have the holley, there is an electric choke pull off that should pull
it off in a few seconds. Start it up when cold, if the circuit is working
you will see the choke horn slowly pull off. If not check it for 12v
applied. If you have the power to it then your electric choke is bad.
Phil

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Date: Tue, 04 Nov 1997 14:33:51 -0500
From: SAM JEW
Subject: Fuel Pressure relief in 88 2.3l Ranger

Hi. I'm new to the service. Sure hope someone can help me.
I have to replace the head gasket in my 88 ranger (2.3l fuel injected).
The pressure in the fuel system has to be relieved before I take off the
intake manifold. I have a Haynes manual that says to connect a
hand-held vacuum pump to the fuel pressure regulator and aply 25 in Hg
of vacuum to release the pressure. The same manuals procedure for
the 4.0l is to disconnect the inertia switch and crank the engine over a
few times. Can I disconnect the inertia switch with the 2.3l ? Why not?

Also would anyone recommend that I replace the front seals, rear main
and oil pan gasket while I do the head gasket?

Thanks
Sam

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Date: Tue, 04 Nov 1997 14:54:06 -0500
From: Don Vanco
Subject: Re: Fuel Pressure relief in 88 2.3l Ranger

At 02:33 PM 11/4/97 -0500, SAM JEW wrote:
>Hi. I'm new to the service. Sure hope someone can help me.
>I have to replace the head gasket in my 88 ranger (2.3l fuel injected).
>The pressure in the fuel system has to be relieved before I take off the
>intake manifold. I have a Haynes manual that says to connect a
>hand-held vacuum pump to the fuel pressure regulator and aply 25 in Hg
>of vacuum to release the pressure. The same manuals procedure for
>the 4.0l is to disconnect the inertia switch and crank the engine over a
>few times. Can I disconnect the inertia switch with the 2.3l ? Why not?

You should be able to do this with the 2.3 as well....

>Also would anyone recommend that I replace the front seals, rear main
>and oil pan gasket while I do the head gasket?
I'm sure there will be as many opinions on this as there are Red Camaros
with Cragar rims - but -
Does the mileage or leaks warrant it? I tend to be of the "if it ain't
broke don't fix it" school. But - while your in there I'd get a Motosport
timing belt - they're usually cheaper than a local autoparts store and much
stronger (although I've had one failure at ~65K miles and one belt that
looked brand new at 69K - YMMV). Also - if your oil pan does not have
re-inforcing rails find an old T-Bird turbo coupe (or buy them new) this is
a good warpage stopper (these are stamped steel rails that conform to the
oil pan contours to spread the load on the pan). The T-Bird is your best
bet for HD replacement parts for this mill (although the engine dampers off
an 86 SVO would be a nice addition as well) all the cylinder heads are of
the D-port variety (better than the round ports of earlier years).
In speaking of the SVO - I was surprised to see it suggested that the meek
little Merkur motor be the turbo swap in of choice. The 88 turbo coupe
motor & the 85.5 and up SVO mill are a far superior choice (although they
both grew out of the Merkur program) and harness/computer changes are
minimal (and still available through FoMoCo) I picked up an 88 T-Bird
motor, 5 speed tranny & the disk rear end for $500 (it had 15K miles on
it!!) - an addition $375 for the harness & (SVO) 'puter and I had a 220HP
2.3L (yes - 1.53 HP/cu. in.)

Anyway - Tough call - you doing it yourself? Is you mechanic competent?
The oil pan gasket isn't a big deal - but you may open a can of worms in
the seal department.
YMMV
Don

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Date: Tue, 4 Nov 1997 01:58:35 -0500
From: "Len & Donna"
Subject: more ranger power

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I just bought a new 97 ranger reg-cab,2.3L eng,2/wheel drive 4/spd auto
trans
air/cond, p/s,p/bks, 4:10 rear end. I use Amoco 87 gas.

My question is this. "How can I increase the hp and torque ratings
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Any suggestions and tips would be greatly appreciated.

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Date: Tue, 04 Nov 1997 15:32:57 -0500
From: Gardner
Subject: Re: Sparkplugs (Platinum Splitfires)

Scott C. Pollins wrote:
>
> Hi,
> I have a 91 Ranger with a 4.0. I would like to replace the existing plugs.
> Does anyone have experience with the platinum Splitfires. Are they worth
> the extra cost? Does anybody have any recommendations for a good quality
> sparkplug?
>
> Thanks
> Scott
>
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BASCH PLATINUMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Date: Tue, 4 Nov 1997 15:52:30 -0600
From: "Judy Thill (MG MSMAIL)"
Subject: Air Flow In Truck Beds

On my way to work, I conducted an interesting, but totally unexpected,
test on air flow in pick up truck beds. I am still waiting for a hard
tonneau cover for the bed and I am still shifting stuff in my garage, so
my truck sat out side and got an inch or two in the bed. I did not
clean the snow out of the bed before I left. As I tooled around the
city streets, nothing happened. As I got up to 60-65 mph (legally, in
the 70 MPH zone), it looked like a mini funnel cloud in the back of the
bed. It was pretty wild looking and swirled the snow from the bed
around and out. When I got to work, all the snow was out of the back
2/3 of the bed. The front 1/3 still had about the same amount of snow
in it.

My truck is a 98 F150 super cab 4x4 with no accessories on it yet to
change the air flow. At least in my situation, the air flow did seem to
skim over the top of the bed until I reached a certain speed. After
that, it appeared to reach down in the bed, swirl around and pull up the
contents. Whether it affects gas mileage or not, I will find out when I
get that cover. For what it's worth........


Judy Thill
Fire Operations Officer
Maple Grove Fire Department

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Date: Tue, 04 Nov 1997 14:08:30 -0500
From: Nathan Heid
Subject: Re: Ranger 5 speed-Mitsubishi?-NO

At 01:15 PM 11/4/97 -0500, MR JOSH J TENNEY wrote:
>Ranger's manual trannys are made by Mazda, not Mitsubishi. If
>Ranger's 5 speed trannys were made by Mitsubishi, I would not have
>one right now!
>Josh
>'98 Ranger 4x2 4.0L 5 speed manual

Maybe Ford is using both Mazda and Mitsubishi 5-speeds. My books on the
'87 Ranger show both a Mazda and a Mitsu.

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Date: Tue, 4 Nov 1997 17:26:07 -0500
From: "Bryce T. Beyler"
Subject: Re: fordtrucks80up-digest V1 #203

I think it's really a Mazda Transmission...

Bryce
'97 Ranger XLT 4x4 SuperCab

- ----------
> From: Thom Cheney
> To: fordtrucks80up listservice.net
> Subject: Re: fordtrucks80up-digest V1 #203
> Date: Tuesday, November 04, 1997 8:56 AM
>
> Iguannna aol.com wrote:
> >
> > The 5 speed tranny in the 4.0 is a Mitsubishi, and the 4.0 is based on
the
> > 2.8 not the 3.8 Essex motor which was based on the 5.0. Thank you,
please
> > play again.
>
>
> No...please tell me my Ranger does NOT have a Mitsubishi 5 spd!!!!!!!
>
> --
> Thom Cheney
> Early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese
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Date: Tue, 4 Nov 1997 17:41:31 -0500
From: "Bryce T. Beyler"
Subject: Re: Factory Fog Lights on Ranger

Ok... I talked to Hella in Peachtree City, GA, toady... they gave me a part
number (#65071) for the lense/reflector assembly. They also told me that....


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